Sometimes we bury ourselves so far into being busy that we have no idea whether or not we have made an impact and made progress towards realising our goals. We need to be able to take a step back and ask ourselves: has this been a productive week?
Why It’s Important to Note Your Progress
If you are constantly running around putting out fires, you are only going to stress yourself out. Structuring yourself out so that you have a point in your week when you can stop and take stock of what you have achieved so far is important. It keeps you positive and lets you feel like the stress is tolerable because you are now closer than you ever were to achieving your goals.
If you don’t take time to appreciate your efforts, you will begin to feel disassociated from your goals and it will eat into your motivation to get them done. That’s really not what you want or you wouldn’t have set the goal in the first place.
Set aside time to reflect on your progress. At the end of a busy and tiring day, it feels good to sit down and realise that you have made significant contributions towards completing your goals, work and personal projects.
Set out what you want to do that day either early in the morning or the night before. Make sure that your list of mini-targets are all actionable steps that you can achieve before the day is done.
Later, when you have finally finished everything up that evening, give yourself some time to reflect on the day. Maybe you didn’t get everything done. Spend some of your reflection time to determine why not: was it unrealistic, for example. You’ll get better at organising your time and efforts by doing this.
Mostly you will have completed all that you thought you would. Seeing that on paper will make your next day’s set of tasks feel like less of a hard grind. Being happy with what you have achieved each day will boost your morale.
At the end of the week, reflect on how you have progressed. How you have contributed to the larger picture of your projects and how you could do certain things better. Is there anything that you can automate or are there things that you need to ask for help with? Make sure you are making the most of your time and resources.
Finally, based on what you have learned, you will be able to plan a more productive week to come.
Tell Yourself “Well Done”
Acknowledge all the hard work you are putting into achieving your goals. It isn’t easy to commit to something intangible, and your tireless efforts fuelled by your passions will be replenished when you admit to yourself that you did good. So whenever you do well, make sure you give yourself a hearty pat on the back. Maybe even a small treat wouldn’t hurt.